Politics

Ministers consider ending jail terms of six months or less

[ad_1] The Ministry of Justice is considering banning prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales.Ministers argue that short jail terms are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties. Prisons minister Rory Stewart told the Daily Telegraph that such sentences were "long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you". If such jail sentences were to be scrapped it is thought it could
US & World

Jayme Closs: Missing 13-year-old found months after parents’ murder

[ad_1] Image copyright Barron County Sheriff's Department Image caption Jayme Closs, 13, has been described as a "sweet girl" by school officials A 13-year-old girl from Wisconsin who went missing in October after her parents were murdered has been found alive, officials say. Jayme Closs, whose parents, aged 56 and 46, were discovered shot in their family home last year, was located on Thursday evening, police said.They said a suspect
US & World

Afghan presidential election delayed by three months

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Final results from October's parliamentary elections have not yet been declared Next year's presidential election in Afghanistan has been postponed by three months, election authority sources say.It was initially due in April. A new date in mid-July or early August is to be announced on Thursday.Many potential candidates had been unable to meet registration requirements and extreme weather meant their teams could not organise
UK News

No-deal Brexit: Disruption at Dover ‘could last six months’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Queues of lorries left residents near the Port of Dover unable to get out to buy basic supplies in 2015 Dover and other Channel ports face disruption of up to six months if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, ministers have said.The revised warning comes after technical analysis by officials on traffic flows if there are delays with customs checks in a
UK News

Primark fire: Cordon to remain for at least four months

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionArgento boss Peter Boyle says the building should be demolishedThe cordon around Belfast city centre's Primark store is likely to be in place for at least four months, after a major fire devastated the listed building.A blaze burned for three days at the retailer's flagship store in Bank Buildings.Fourteen businesses within the safety cordon are currently unable to trade.Speaking after a
Health

Lena Dunham marks nine months since hysterectomy

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Lena Dunham marked nine months since having a full hysterectomy by sharing three nude selfies on her Instagram. The Girls star, who had the surgery at 31, revealed she'd been "battling endometriosis for a decade" in February.Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in 10 women in the UK and can cause heavy periods, fatigue, bowel and bladder problems and infertility. "I've never celebrated the